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SITUATION REPORT 08-302 (as of 11:00 AM, 28 October 2008)

Homeland Security Advisory System – National Level:  Yellow-Elevated
Homeland Security Advisory System – Alaska Level:  Yellow-Elevated
State Emergency Coordination Center Preparedness Level 2
Maritime Security (MARSEC) Level – Level I – Low.
Military installations in Alaska are at FPCON A.
State of Alaska Cyber Security Alert Level: Guarded
World Health Organization Pandemic Phase - Phase 3: No or very limited human-to-human transmission (An Influenza Pandemic situation report, which contains an explanation of the WHO Pandemic Phases, is attached to this situation report and updated every Tuesday)

State of Alaska Situation
(Updates to this section from previous Situation Report are in Italics.)

Threat Level Changes
No change.

High Surf Advisory
- Chukchi Sea Coast including Point Hope, Shishmaref, Kivalina and Espenberg. High surf advisory is now in effect until 10 pm this evening north of Cape Krusenstern. Southeast winds of 25 to 40 mph with locally higher gusts are expected today. The wind is expected to gradually turn to the east and diminish this evening.  The storm system responsible for the high surf is taking track further south.  There will still be a storm surge a few feet along the northern Chukchi Sea Coast. Expect seas of up to 10 feet with the highest seas and swells around Point Hope. Expected impacts include erosion along the south side of the Point Hope Airport.

Winter Storm Warning
- Taiya Inlet and Klondike Highway and Haines Borough and Lynn Canal including Skagway and Haines. Winter storm warning remains in effect until midnight tonight.  Snowfall of 9 to 14 inches is expected from Haines northward with the heaviest amounts near the Canadian Border. Snowfall of 6 to 10 inches is expected in Skagway and on the Klondike Highway with heaviest amounts near White Pass.

- Western Arctic Coast including Wainwright, Atqasuk, Point Lay and Cape Lisburne. A winter storm warning remains in effect until 10 pm this evening. Periods of snow will continue through this evening with additional snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches. Storm total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are expected by this evening. A southwest wind of 20 to 35 mph will produce areas of blowing snow and poor visibility. The snow will taper to flurries this evening and the strong wind will gradually diminish to around 10 mph by midnight.

High Wind Warning
- Cape Decision to Salisbury Sound Coastal Area including Sitka and Port Alexander. High wind warning remains in effect until midnight tonight. A strong low will bring south to southeast winds to 45 mph with gusts to 70 mph this afternoon and evening.

FEMA-1796-DR -AK (Tanana Basin Flooding)
FEMA/State Public Assistance teams are continuing the process of formulating project worksheets to assist State, Local, and Tribal governments and certain Private Non-Profits with their eligible damages. The Joint FEMA field office remains open in Anchorage until flood damages are assessed and recovery projects are finalized.

Useful link:
Current Volcano information: http://www.avo.alaska.edu
Complete definitions of Aviation color codes and Volcano alert levels: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/color_codes.php for
Current weather warnings and watches for State of Alaska can be found at the NWS:  http://www.arh.noaa.gov/
Airport Flight Status (Anchorage) http://aia-mufids.dot.state.ak.us/
Road Information:  can be found at http://511.Alaska.gov/ or call 511.

The Next Situation Report: will be published as of 11:00 am, 29 October 2008. A significant change in the situation or the threat level will prompt an interim report. Please direct questions regarding this report to the SECC at 907-428-7100 or secc@ak-prepared.com.

How to reach the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management: Phone the State Emergency Coordination Center (SECC) by dialing (907) 428-7100 or 1-800-478-2337, 24 hours per day.  Information on emergency topics is available on the Division's web site at http://www.ak-prepared.com.  Homeland Security information may be found at http://www.ak-prepared.com/homelandsecurity/

How to reach the Division of Administration – State Cyber Security Program:  If you have questions you may contact Darrell Davis, State Computer Security Officer darrel.davis@Alaska.gov.

For further information:
Being prepared: Ready.gov
Countries:              U.S. State Department Background Notes.
Maps:           United Nations Cartographic Section
                University of Texas Library Map Section.